When it comes to performing in concert, k. d. lang is what you'd call a natural. Sure, her records are great, but there's nothing like hearing her voice soar from the stage. This live album, recorded in New York in December 2000, captures the full force of lang's extraordinary talent, as well as her versatility. "Three Cigarettes in an Ashtray" -- the Patsy Cline classic that also appeared on Lang's early effort Angel with a Lariat -- has an almost operatic intensity, the final notes held so long that one can almost sense the audience gasping for breath. "Big Boned Gal" (from Absolute Torch and Twang), on the other hand, swaggers and struts, proving that the singer hasn't forgotten her country and western roots. And then there's the sultry "Don't Smoke in Bed" (from Drag), in which lang plays the suave sophisticate, her voice dripping with innuendo. Those who have had the pleasure of seeing k. d. in concert will find Live by Request a fairly true replica of the real thing. Like most of her concerts, this one includes her signature tunes -- "Miss Chatelaine," "Constant Craving," and Roy Orbison's "Crying" -- as well as selections from her latest album (in this case, 2000's Invincible Summer). The only thing missing here is lang's witty repartee and endearingly goofy dancing. For that, I guess you need to get the simultaneously released DVD.
|Label:||Warner Bros / Wea|
Performance Creditsk.d. lang Primary Artist
Gregg Arreguin Guitar
Teddy Borowiecki Keyboards
Greg Leisz Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar
Kate Markowitz Background Vocals
David Piltch Bass
Abe Laboriel Drums
Amy Keys Background Vocals
Technical CreditsDanny Bennett Executive Producer
Eddie Miller Composer
Mitch Maketansky Producer
Paul Rappaport Executive Producer
Bobby Carlos Stage Technician
Mio Vukovic Art Direction
Dale Lynch Lighting Director
Andy Kadison Executive Producer
Lawrence Jordan Director
Allen Kelman Producer
L. Sharpe Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Live by Request based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
I bought this c.d. about one month ago. I must say I was a little disappointed I expected the callers' phone calls to be included. I felt that was exactly what made the show "By Request". For the recording that actually is, it should have just been called "Live" and not have included the "By Request" part of the title because as I said, it was the calls that made the show what it was. Their abscence doesn't justify the title.
I love this C D!! The biggest thrill for me was hearing Barefoot. That's the prettiest song on the planet. I love all of her songs. You go kd. You da bomb!!!
If you saw and heard KD Langs' recent performance at The Olympics in Vancouver,then I believe that you would truly love her performance on this CD - originally broadcast on the A&E TV network......Her vocals are tremendous, particularly on her version of the Roy Orbison song "Crying" which will always bring tears to my eyes......A "Great" work of art by a "Great" music artist.